Kettle & Fire COUPON & REVIEW – How I Made Healthy Chili Made With Bone Broth

Today I will be sharing my experience with Kettle & Fire Bone Broth. This is an excellent source of nutrients and a splendid way to warm up on a cold winter day. These paleo, Whole 30, and keto-friendly bone broths should be a part of your diet regimen for various reasons. There are so many health benefits to incorporating bone broth into your diet.

I also have a special coupon code to save you some money at Kettle & Fire. Drumroll please, I am also giving away a 6-Pack of Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth. Keep reading so you can find out how to save and enter the giveaway. Good luck everyone!

What is bone broth?

Let’s start things off here by discussing what exactly Kettle & Fire Bone Broth is and why you should be giving this product a whirl! Bone broth is sourced from the bones of animals and their connective tissues. These bones and tissue are boiled into a broth and cooked for 10+ hours (up to 20 hours). They are boiled with vegetables, herbs, and spices to enhance the flavor.

The benefits of sipping Kettle & Fire Bone Broth

Bone broth is known to be a superfood. Bone broth is a nutrient powerhouse and a super source of collagen. There is a lot of talk about collagen nowadays. Collagen is extracted from the bones after simmering for a long time. The longer the bone broth simmers, the more collagen that can be extracted. The benefits of collagen in your diet are noted below.

Benefits of collagen in your diet

Repair torn cartilage
Relieve joint pain
Soothe an inflamed digestive tract
Strengthen the gut lining
Maintain bone density
Boost immunity
Improve sleep quality
Improve your skin’s appearance

Bone Broths and Soups

You can view the Kettle & Fire Bone Broth video below for all of the information you need.

Bone Broth is not just about sipping

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth can be used in more ways than just sipping on it. There are ways you can get creative with it. You can use bone broth in place of regular broth in any recipe. There are also several suggested flavor enhancers that you can incorporate into your bone broth.

  • Acid: lemon juice, lime juice, apple cider vinegar
  • Salt: Himalayan or Celtic Sea, miso paste
  • Healthy fat: avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, ground flaxseeds
  • Spice: ginger, garlic, lemon zest turmeric, rosemary, cayenne, and cinnamon

The possibilities here are endless, folks! Just use your creative powers in the kitchen.

Kettle & Fire Bone Broths

The 3 varieties of Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
The 3 varieties of Kettle & Fire Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth

Kettle & Fire’s Beef Bone Broth is a superfood with some very remarkable health benefits. This broth is super rich in collagen and amino acids. Their broths are all free of hormones, antibiotics, additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. What you get with Kettle & Fire’s product is the real wholesome deal. The beef broth is simmered for up to 20 hours with the bones of grass-fed cattle.

All bone broths produced by Kettle & Fire are perfect for those following a paleo, Whole 30, or keto diet. It is also the perfect product to use in your recipes if you are a clean-eating fanatic like myself.

  • WHAT IS IN OUR BEEF BONE BROTH?Marrow Bones From Pasture-Raised, 100% Grass-Fed & Finished Cattle (6 grams of protein per serving, 10 grams of collagen per serving) Onions, organic carrots, organic celery, organic parsley, sea salt, black peppercorn, bay leaf, thyme, rosemary extract, and apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones)

Chicken Bone Broth

The Chicken Bone Broth from Kettle & Fire is another nutrient dense superfood that is full of health advantages. The Chicken Bone nutrient-dense with the bones and chicken feet of chicken feet.

  • WHAT IS IN OUR CHICKEN BONE BROTH?Organic chicken bones and feet (which add extra collagen) (10 grams of protein per serving, 6 grams of collagen per serving) Organic celery,organic roasted Poblano pepper, organic green pepper, organic onions, organic carrots, organic garlic, organic scallions, organic tomato puree, organic herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil), organic spices, sea salt, and apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones)

Mushroom & Chicken Bone Broth

The Mushroom & Chicken Bone Broth from Kettle & Fire is one you are going to definitely want to give a whirl! This bone broth is similar to the chicken bone broth but with the added health benefit of Lion’s Mane mushroom, which are another known superfood! So what can Lion’s Mane mushrooms do for you? They are known to improve cognitive function as well as improve your energy levels.

  • WHAT IS IN OUR MUSHROOM CHICKEN BONE BROTH? Organic chicken bones and feet (which add extra collagen) (10 grams of protein per serving, 6 grams of collagen per serving) Organic Portabella mushrooms, organic celery, organic roasted Poblano pepper, organic green pepper, organic onions, organic carrots, organic garlic, organic scallions, organic tomato puree, organic herbs (parsley, thyme, rosemary, basil), organic spices, sea salt, Organic Lion’s Mane Mushroom powder (Lion’s mane mushroom is an adaptogen, which means it can help reduce your stress response) and apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones)

Other products by Kettle & Fire

Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash soup is definitely one of my favorite soups of all time and this Healthy Butternut Squash Soup from Kettle & Fire delivers as far as taste and quality go. With this soup, chicken bone broth is used as a base and coconut milk is also used. This soup is a wonderful paleo, Whole 30, or keto treat for your palate!

INGREDIENTS

Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for a protein and collagen boost
9 grams of protein per serving
Organic apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones)
Organic olive oil and coconut milk for a dose of healthy fats
A variety of organic herbs and spices to make the flavor pop

Healthy Tomato Soup

This tomato soup from Kettle & Fire got taken up a notch so it can earn the title of Healthy Tomato Soup. Chicken Bone Broth is used as a base to flavor it and to load it up with those extra nutrients that your body desires and craves. Just like Grandma’s homemade tomato soup, only better!

INGREDIENTS IN HEALTHY TOMATO SOUP

Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for a protein and collagen boost
9 grams of protein per serving
Organic apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones)
Organic olive oil and coconut milk for a dose of healthy fats
A variety of organic herbs and spices to make the flavor pop

Healthy Miso Soup

This Kettle & Fire Miso Soup has that umami flavor that you are looking for but this one is packed full of nutrients and will give you a great boost in collagen.

INGREDIENTS IN HEALTHY MISO SOUP

Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth for a protein and collagen boost
11 grams of protein per serving
Organic apple cider vinegar (which extracts even more nutrients from the bones)
Organic olive oil
A variety of organic herbs and spices to make the flavor pop

Healthy Thai Curry Soup

This Healthy Thai Curry soup from Kettle & Fire can best be described as spicy, sweet, and BOLD! This soup was created with the chicken bone broth and is chock full of collagen to give your hair, skin, and nails the treatment that they deserve.

INGREDIENTS IN HEALTHY THAI CURRY SOUP

Chicken Bone Broth, Organic Coconut Milk, Organic Chicken Meat (Organic Chicken Meat, Water, Organic Rice Starch, Salt), Organic Potato Starch, Organic Jalapeno Peppers, Organic Red Bell Peppers, Organic Portabella Mushrooms, Organic Celery, Organic Onion, Organic Carrots, Contains 2% or Less of Organic Chicken Flavor, Organic Honey, Organic Spices, Organic Chilies, Organic Ginger, Organic Garlic, Organic Lemongrass, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Organic Cilantro, Sea Salt, and Organic Guar

Grass-Fed Beef Chili

Mmmm… nothing beats a great big bowl of warm chili this time of year. This Grass-Fed Beef Chili from Kettle & Fire was created with grass-fed beef, kidney beans, and various spices to season it.

INGREDIENTS IN GRASS-FED BEEF CHILI

Beef Broth (Filtered Water, Beef Bone Broth Concentrate), Ground Beef, Organic Tomatoes, Organic Kidney Beans, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Green Bell Pepper, Contains less than 2% of Organic Tapioca Starch, Organic Chili Powder, Organic Jalapeno Peppers, Organic Spices, Organic, Honey, and Sea Salt

How I used Kettle & Fire Bone Broth

I decided to give the Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth a whirl first. My daughter, Chloe, requested another batch of my Farty Party Chili that I made last weekend because it was so good. I did not want to eat the same exact meal two weeks in a row so I made a few modifications. I ended up calling this one Gas Blaster. Why? Because I used three cans of beans in it (dark kidney, light kidney, and pinto beans). I also added in two cups of the Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth, seasoned it up with a good amount of turmeric seasoning, and used some Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste to thicken it up.

This 3-bean & tri-color bell pepper chili turned out amazeballs and dare I say the best chili that I have ever whipped up!

Farty Party Chili w/ added Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
Farty Party Chili w/ added Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth

I do not normally use a beef broth in my chili because I like my chili thick. I used this Beef Bone Broth this time around and thickened it with tomato paste and it was absolute perfection as far as flavor and consistency goes. The bone broth gave this batch of chili some exceptional flavor that blew my mind.

Ever have one of those meals where you are eating it and can’t shut up about how good it is? That is what happened with this chili I created with the Beef Bone Broth from Kettle & Fire!

3 Bean & 3 Pepper Chili with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
3 Bean & 3 Pepper Chili with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
3 Bean & 3 Pepper Chili with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
3 Bean & 3 Pepper Chili with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
3 Bean & 3 Pepper Chili with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth
3 Bean & 3 Pepper Chili with Kettle & Fire Beef Bone Broth

To learn more about this chili that I created click the link below and just add bone broth to it and tomato paste to thicken it up.

FARTY PARTY 3- BEAN CHILI

Nice warm bowl of grass-fed beef chili made with Kettle & Fire Bone Broth
A nice warm bowl of grass-fed beef chili made with Kettle & Fire Bone Broth

Final Thoughts

Kettle & Fire Bone Broth is a product that I will be keeping my pantry stocked with. I was very impressed with the taste and the quality of these products and I can see myself getting creative with them in the kitchen. Not only are these great for sipping but they can be incorporated into any recipe that calls for broth. This bone broth will give your dish a much-needed boost in nutrients and it will lend some extraordinary flavor to your meal.

Pro tip!

Also, if you are looking for a great way to season your chili, look no further than to Paleo Powder! I used Paleo Powder Pink seasoning in my chili and this gives your meal an incredible flavor with only all-natural, wholesome ingredients.

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Hosting Thanksgiving At My Home – My First Time Wrap-Up!

Thanksgiving has came and went. Whew! This was my first year hosting the Thanksgiving Day holiday at my home. I gotta say that I was probably nervous about the whole situation for the month leading up to it. I know that a lot of work and prep goes into pulling off this festive day. Our feast that we had here was perfect and excellent from start to finish. I was satisfied with how every single element of it came out. No complaints whatsoever here! I hope all of my readers also had a great holiday and enjoyed their big plate of food!

Here is a look at my dinner plate from Thanksgiving! I have a little bit of everything on my plate: roasted turkey, redskin mashed potatoes with French butter, Brussels sprouts, wild rice stuffing with mushrooms and cranberries, White Castle stuffing, Clean Bean (green bean) Casserole, ambrosia, sweet potato casserole, and my favorite~ Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! I am hoping to do a recipe post soon for my famous cranberry sauce. I can turn any cranberry-sauce-hater into a lover! So far it has worked with two haters in my family.

Thanksgiving Holiday Platter
Thanksgiving Holiday Platter

Today I will be discussing Thanksgiving and how we pulled it off. I could not have possibly made this day possible without the help and support of my family. My mom, Kathie, was a huge help. She purchased the turkey and a great majority of the food that was served. Money is super tight right now with my family so I was very grateful that she pitched in (big time) to help me create this feast.

My mom bought the 19-pound turkey and an electric roaster to cook the turkey in. I spotted the roaster when we took a trip over the Costco and I thought it would be a great idea to cook the turkey in there so we could free up the oven space for the side dishes that needed to be warmed up. Turned out to be the best idea ever!

My stepmom, Evelyn, was also a huge help. She came over early on Thanksgiving to help my mom and I prep. Evelyn brought over an appetizer and a side dish to pass as well. The appetizer that she brought was unique. They were bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? Well, they were delicious. These got gobbled up pretty quick. For a side dish, she brought her famous sweet potato casserole. My stepmom was incredibly helpful with the kitchen clean up as well. That helped me tremendously.

 

Prepping for the Thanksgiving holiday

 

Paleo & Vegan (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

The day before Thanksgiving, I did what I could to prep for the big day. The first thing that I did was I created my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake. This is my favorite fall dessert at the moment. I wanted to get that done early because the cheesecake needs to set for at least six hours. I gave it plenty of time to set by creating it the morning before the holiday. I have a recipe for this paleo/vegan cheesecake on my blog. I did modify the recipe just a tad bit. Obviously, I did something different for the topping. Instead of creating a whipped cream with coconut cream I topped this cheesecake with a ton of walnuts and pecans. I wanted to make it extra nutty. I purchased a can of non-dairy, almond milk whipped cream to top it with. Instead of using the spices individually I used a jar of pumpkin pie spice.

Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans
Paleo & Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake topped with walnuts and pecans

Paleo cranberry sauce

I also busted out my slow-cooker the day before Thanksgiving to make my paleo cranberry sauce in advance. This is one of those set-it-and-forget-it recipes. I love cranberry sauce and my cranberries have the power to turn cranberry sauce haters into lovers! My husband never eats cranberry sauce. Guess what? This year he did! And I know that he enjoyed it because he helped himself to some for his leftover plate. This cranberry sauce is simple to make. I call it my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce! There are many ingredients that go into it but it is very easy to create. There are no refined sugars in this cranberry sauce. I use an entire bottle of pure maple syrup to sweeten it. I also use fresh-squeezed orange juice, orange zest, two ambrosia apples, walnuts, and pecans to create the sauce. The apples are a nice, welcome addition and the nuts give it a great texture. The sauce is heavily seasoned with pumpkin pie spice. I picked up a bottle of the Spice Hunter’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Nino Salvaggio’s in St Clair Shores. This pumpkin pie spice seemed like a wonderful blend of spices. It worked out well in my Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake too, so the funds I spent on it was a great investment.

Ingredients Cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, black pepper

You can pick up a bottle of this awesome pumpkin spice seasoning on Amazon. I highly recommend using this Spice Hunter blend for all of your fall flavored foods.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce
Everything But The Kitchen Sink Cranberry Sauce

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Trip To Eastern Market & DeVries & Company 1887 – Detroit

If you are local to the Detroit area, chances are you have been to Eastern Market at least once in your life. If you are a foodie like me then chances are you have visited several times. Eastern Market is a bustling area of visitors looking for the best deals on fresh produce, other food items, and flowers. Through Groupon, we have also discovered a miraculous place nestled down there in all of the action, DeVries & Company 1887. We regularly purchase Groupons to get some good bargains there and we went equipped with one yesterday to stock up on some unique foods.

Each and every time you visit Eastern Market it is a different experience because there are different vendors.

Eastern Market & DeVries & Company by Give It A Whirl Girl

Our trip to Eastern Market in Detroit and DeVries & Company 1887

My family of three really values these trips down to the city to explore all of the foods that Eastern Market has to offer. Yesterday it was just my husband and me on a little day-date while my daughter hung out with her friends. Our first stop was DeVries & Company 1887 and we got a wonderful haul there. Then we stopped into the sheds at Eastern Market with our canvas shopping bags and filled those bags up with a plethora of foods. When I come home from these trips I unload my bags and marvel in all of the glory of having these available in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen. My day is always made on these trips and I treasure them in my memory and mind.

There are beautiful murals all over the Eastern Market area
There are beautiful murals all over the Eastern Market area
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI - The home of many food vendors selling produce, meat, cheese, plants, and flowers.
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI – The home of many food vendors selling produce, meat, cheese, plants, and flowers.

First stop – A visit to DeVries & Company 1887

Cheese and Meats at DeVries & Company 1887- What they are best known for

DeVries & Company is a large historic building with three levels of fun finds. Yesterday we only explored the lower level where a majority of the foods are kept. The other two levels are gift shops where you can obtain some neat things.

 

This place is well-known for their cheeses. We have bought some in the past from DeVries & Company 1887 and had a cheeseboard full of them at a Wine & Onesies party and the cheeses were a big hit. There are numerous to choose from here and if you like cheese there is a cheese for everyone that can be located here. Check out their Facebook page to see their cheese offerings which are regularly posted. They also have a variety of interesting meats to pair with your cheeses. You will have the best cheeseboard in town if you stop in here to stock up!

DeVries & Company 1887 - Detroit, MI
DeVries & Company 1887 – Detroit, MI

Not just meats and cheese

DeVries & Company 1887 is more than just a meat and cheese shop. This place is like a little grocery store with gourmet foods and uncommon, specialty food products. Pro tip: grab a Groupon and save some money here. You can get a $50 voucher to shop with for around $20-$25 and get more bang for your buck here.

Balsamic vinegars & oils

If you recently stumbled upon my 100th post on the blog I discussed two different, unique balsamic vinegars used to create a chocolate-raspberry nice-cream. This is the place where you can pick up some bottles of those (there are several to choose from and they are all imported from Italy). There is also a wide variety of various oils by the same brand (Fanchone Gourmet) that you can sample here. You won’t leave empty-handed after trying these out. They all have interesting flavor profiles and they will help take your cooking to the next level. The Meyer Lemon oil was fascinating and I really should have bought that one because that would likely result in the greatest chicken piccata known to man!

A few items that I took home with me

I am a curious eater and I live for the adventure of trying new foods. You all know that. That’s why my blog is titled, “Give It A Whirl Girl”. In the photos below I am letting you see a sneak peek of a few things I took home with me. I am super duper pumped and excited to experience these foods.

Raspberry salsa

I have a major mad addiction to anything raspberry flavored and I couldn’t pass up this Traverse Bay Farms Raspberry Salsa. This was my first time seeing a raspberry salsa so I had to swoop this up! My husband also talked me into bringing home some mango salasa bag of chips from Aunt Nee’s.

Hibiscus sugar

Then I spotted this Mr. Gigglepants Hibiscus Sugar. I was instantly intrigued by this sugar made by Beautiful Briny Sea. It is described as:

A fun, tutti fruitti treat for your cupcakes, French toast, fresh fruit fancy drinks, just about anything that needs a giggle.

I really don’t have a plan for this sugar just yet. It was my big splurge item at DeVrie’s. It was $11 for a 14 oz can. I will figure something out soon though. Maybe I can whip up a batch of cupcakes next week and incorporate Mr. Gigglepants into it.

Root-beer BBQ sauce

Let it be known, I think Guy Fieri is annoying as hell. (insert lols here). I spotted his Root Beer Barbeque Sauce and could not pass it up. I bought it with the intention of making some pulled pork sandwiches with it. Whenever I made pulled pork sandwiches I always cook my pork in root-beer. Sounds weird right? But it is so good!

Our Visit To Eastern Market

Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Eastern Market in Detroit, MI

When you go to Eastern Market there is a ton of stuff to take in and see all around you. There are tables set up with fresh fruits and vegetables, there are people selling their homemade salsas, honey, fresh pierogi, succulents, and flowers, etc.

There are two different ways to visit Eastern Market. You can arrive early when everything is all set up and available. Or you can arrive mid-afternoon when the vendors are about to close up for the day. They want to sell what they brought with them so you will be walking by and the vendors will be shouting out deals to you. It happened to me yesterday. We came late in the afternoon and I scored some great deals. I got a carton of strawberries for a dollar. I also got some blackberries for a dollar. Those prices sure do beat the local grocery store prices.

I do realize I made a bit of a boo-boo with my photos here. I must have been just vegetable obsessed because I just realized I did not shoot any photographs of fruit and Eastern Market has a huge load of fruit to choose from at really reasonable prices. So I am very sorry about that. Next time I visit I will be sure to snap some photos of fruits.

Ornamental Indian corn at Eastern Market
Ornamental Indian corn at Eastern Market
Bundles of rainbow carrots at Eastern Market
Bundles of rainbow carrots at Eastern Market – I can not leave this place without taking home some purple and white carrots
Beautiful vegetables at Eastern Market
Beautiful vegetables at Eastern Market
Jumbo stalks of Brussels sprouts at Eastern Market
Jumbo stalks of Brussels sprouts at Eastern Market
Purple kale at Eastern Market
Purple kale at Eastern Market – what a gorgeous color and it appears to be so fresh!
Quail eggs and duck eggs for sale at Eastern Market
Quail eggs and duck eggs for sale at Eastern Market – now that is something you do not see every day!
Spice Miser at Eastern Market
Spice Miser at Eastern Market – This vendor is a must-see! Spice Miser offers a huge variety of seasonings and spices. Be sure to take home a bag. I always make sure I bring something home from the Spice Miser.
Mushrooms galore at Eastern Market!
Mushrooms galore at Eastern Market! Many exotic mushrooms to choose from that are grown in Chesterfield, MI. Give and Grow Mushrooms LLC
Give and Grow Mushrooms LLC offers a wide variety of exotic, gourmet mushrooms at Eastern Market
Give and Grow Mushrooms LLC offers a wide variety of exotic, gourmet mushrooms at Eastern Market
This was a first for me! Black garlic but $5 a bulb. I was tempted. Eastern Market - Detroit, MI
This was a first for me! Black garlic but $5 a bulb. I was tempted. Eastern Market – Detroit, MI
Flowers and eggplants at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Flowers and eggplants at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Fresh and local honey at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Fresh and local honey at Eastern Market in Detroit, MI
Pepper obsessed! Eastern Market, Detroit, MI
Pepper obsessed! Eastern Market, Detroit, MI
So much to choose from and great prices on vegetables at Eastern Market
So much to choose from and great prices on vegetables at Eastern Market

Gorgeous little succulents at Eastern Market in Detroit

Be sure to see the murals

There are gigantic murals painted on the buildings all over the Eastern Market area. Be sure to take a stroll around and snap some pics of the art.

Ladies and gentlemen!

Here is my haul from both DeVries & Company 1887 and Eastern Market

As you can see here I have a pretty decent haul from both DeVries and Eastern Market. I love getting home and unloading all of my newly acquired foods. I am already looking forward to my next trip back.

Haul from Eastern Market and DeVries & Company 1887
Haul from Eastern Market and DeVries & Company 1887

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Homemade Pizza Night & A Couple Of Smoothies To Wash It Down

Yesterday was an enjoyable day spent with family. We went to the beach, had from-scratch pizzas, and had a couple of smoothies for dessert. It was another full day in the kitchen making things for my family to gobble up.

The day kicked off with my paleo and vegan version of Unicorn French Toast for my family. I promise I will do a recipe post on this in the future. I just need to tweak my recipe a bit. I had an unfortunate situation happen with my loaf of bread when I got it out of the pan. My bread broke into pieces. I was determined not to let it go to waste so I just ended up dipping the chunks of bread into the batter and cooked it up that way. This was my first time ever using candy sprinkles from Mr. Sprinkles. I sure do love the fun bottle that they are contained in. I am, and have always been, down with clowns!

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Unicorn French Toast with Mr. Sprinkles

I had quite an amazing lunch too. I really had a hankering for apples. I don’t know about you but I am ready for fall! I want hoodie weather, apple picking, and Halloween to hurry up and get here soon! For lunch, I tried out a new salad dressing. I used Hilary’s Apple Fennel Dressing. For my salad, I used baby spring mix as a base and topped it with grilled chicken, thin Honeycrisp apple slices, and walnuts. This salad was exactly what I needed yesterday. I think I will be loading up on some apples with my next shopping trip.

After lunch, we packed up the beach bag and got Stormy ready to head out to Metro Beach for a day of fun and relaxation. Chloe and Joe went to the pool and Stormy and I made our way along the lake and got our steps in yesterday. My focus was on fitness because I have been somewhat slacking on meeting my step goal lately.

It was a very hot day yesterday and thank goodness for the little bit of breeze coming off of the water. Stormy and I had a great time together and I know that Chloe definitely had a blast in the big pool and slide with her daddy.

I must be getting old because yesterday I wore an inspirational shirt and I think that maybe old people do that?? LOL! I am 37 years old and I whine about aging quite a bit. Anyway, I sure do love the shirt. I got it from Nordstrom and it is gray with pink lettering on it. The shirt is by the brand Desert Dreamer.

I feel that the shirt really speaks volumes to me at the moment. It says, find what you love and do that”.  I started this blog up on June 6th so my 2 month anniversary is approaching and let me tell you this~ I absolutely LOVE blogging! I really wish I would have gotten into this years ago when I first set out on my cooking and baking expedition. As many of you know, cooking and baking are hands down my #1 passion in life. I am always in the kitchen and I am always researching ways to better my food and technique.

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After our little day-trip to the beach, it was time for me to crank out dinner for the fam. I will let you in on a little something, my pizza is in high-demand! Joe and Chloe absolutely love my homemade pizzas. They are a lot of work but totally worth the time and effort when I hear ooo’s and ahh’s at the dinner table.

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Just me playing with my balls

I created two pizzas last night. One was made for myself and the other for Joe and Chloe. They prefer a more traditional pizza with pepperoni on it. I have never been a fan of pepperoni but I sure do love to have mushrooms in every single bite of my pizza.

I had a little carton of shiitake mushrooms to work with. I figured I would be better off with some sort of white sauce rather than a tomato sauce. I searched a bit online for a good recipe and came across one from Primal Palate. It was a dairy free sauce that used full-fat coconut milk as the base. Honestly, you would never know the sauce was made with coconut milk! There is not one hint of coconut flavor in that awesome sauce recipe. The recipe also called for some nutritional yeast, which I did add because it lends a taste of cheese to the sauce.

For my pizza I used some grilled chicken pieces and the entire carton of shiitake mushrooms. I sauteed the mushrooms in a bit of olive oil with some Italian seasonings. I have never had a pizza with this type of mushrooms and I am pleased to say that the taste of this pizza was glorious! Every single morsel of that pizza was thoroughly enjoyed by me!

For both pizzas I used the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Crust Mix once again. I used it last week and it produced a phenomenal crust! I am trying to eliminate as much gluten as I can from my diet but Joe and Chloe really don’t want to be on-board with a gluten-free diet. It is like hitting the jackpot when you come up with a gluten-free dinner that can win over anyone.

For dessert I really had a craving for some froyo, it’s been awhile and I’m dying for a heaping cup of it. But we have a bevy of beautiful fruits over here in the Give It A Whirl Girl kitchen so instead of froyo I ended up making a couple of smoothies for me and Chloe to share.

The first smoothie I made had a golden dragonfruit in it, a banana, and a splash of full fat coconut milk. The second smoothie that I made had strawberries, raspberries, a baby banana, splash of coconut milk, and I also used a scoop of acai powder. Hard to say which smoothie won the battle of being best. It was like comparing apples to oranges, they were two completely different drinks.

The weekend isn’t over. Joe’s two days off from work are over though and he had to go in today. Me and the Pearl Girl have an exciting day ahead of us in the kitchen so stayed tuned because you can bet your booty I will be blogging about my day today!

Did you do anything exciting this weekend? What’s cooking in your kitchen that you are proud of? Leave me a comment and let me know because I love reading comments from my beloved readers!

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